December 6, 2010

Kim Komando answers your holiday electronics questions


OSKALOOSA — Q. I’m going to upgrade to a smart phone. I will use it mostly for voice calls. But I’ll also check e-mail and surf the Web. I’m on AT&T; which phone should I get?

A. AT&T carries all the major smart phone brands. It has Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm and Windows Phone 7. All are good choices. But if you’ll use the phone primarily for voice calls, go with a BlackBerry. Specifically, choose the Torch running OS6. It offers the best call quality. Also, the BlackBerry is built around e-mail. And it has a very good browser to boot. Still, I recommend heading down to an AT&T store. Try out all of the smart phones in the store. They all have different features, and the controls vary. Choose the one that has the best combination of features and ease of use.

Q. I want to watch Hulu on my TV. My current Blu-ray player has other streaming services, like Netflix and YouTube. Can it stream Hulu as well?

A. It is unlikely that Hulu is available on your player. The networks behind Hulu have been reluctant to allow streaming to televisions. Currently, the Roku player and some Sony gadgets work with Hulu. And it is slowly coming to other gadgets. However, that is Hulu Plus, which costs $8 a month. Free Hulu is blocked on almost every gadget. Check with your Blu-ray player’s manufacturer. See if a Hulu option is on the horizon. If not, you will need another gadget. Or, watch Hulu for free by connecting your computer to your TV.

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